How to Backpack

Clearly, this page is a work in progress. Eventually, it will tell you everything you need to know about how to go backpacking for the first time.

Gear List

Survival

  • Map
  • Compass
  • First aid kit (for group)
  • Whistle
  • Watch
  • Bug repellent (for group)
  • Sunscreen (for group)
  • Sunglasses with hard case
  • Emergency heat blanket
  • Rope (wear a belt made of webbing)
  • Duct tape (for group)

Camping

  • Backpack
  • Backpack rain cover
  • Waterproof matches
  • Fire starting material (for group)
  • Knife
  • Propane lighter (for group)
  • Tent with rain fly (per pair)
  • Sleeping bag and stuff sack
  • Sleeping pad
  • Headlamp and extra batteries

Cooking

  • Stove and fuel (8 oz./two people/week)
  • Pot (for group)
  • Spork
  • 3L water bladder
  • Nalgene with carabiner
  • Water filter and repair kit (for group)
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks (see more about food below)
  • Bear-proof container (1 for every 4 days)
  • One-gallon zipper bags (6)
  • 30-gallon trash bags (4)

Clothes

  • Hiking boots
  • Hiking socks (3)
  • Synthetic shirts (2)
  • Convertible synthetic pants
  • Waterproof pants
  • Light, waterproof shell
  • Insulation layer: fleece or down jacket
  • Underwear (2)
  • Warm hat
  • Sun hat/baseball camp
  • Waterproof gloves

Tolietries

  • Toothpaste (for group)
  • Toothbrush
  • Toliet paper (for group)
  • Camping soap (for group)
  • Hand sanitizer (for group)
  • Antiperspirant
  • Personal medicine
  • Synthetic towel

Luxuries

  • Hiking poles
  • Camera with batteries and memory cards
  • GPS device (for group)
  • Gaiters
  • Board games (for group)
  • Paperback book
  • Notebook and pen
  • Hatchet (for group)
  • Joby mini tripod (for group)
  • Camping pillow